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Counseling Center

What to Expect

Whether you’re making an important decision, resolving a personal issue, or working through relationship difficulties, a few sessions of confidential personal counseling are often just what you need.

Our Mission

The FSC Counseling Center strives to provide all FSC students with the highest quality and culturally sensitive scope of mental health services, while helping them achieve academic and personal success, develop self-awareness and feel empowered to take charge of their lives. We’re committed to increasing the emotional well-being of our students so that they can fully engage and become part of the FSC community.

Services We Offer

We offer full-time students time-limited counseling at no cost.

Services include individual, couples, and group counseling. We also provide crisis intervention, community resource referrals and follow up, campus outreach presentations for faculty and students and online psychoeducational workshops. Sessions are typically 30 to 50 minutes long and are held every ten days to two weeks. Appointments will be scheduled between 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Each semester is considered a course of treatment during which the student and the counselor work together on mutually agreed upon goals.

How It Works

The Counseling Center will be offering primarily virtual telehealth appointments for Spring 2021 Semester

Your first appointment will be scheduled promptly, usually within 1 to 3 days from the day you call 863.680.6236 or email You can also schedule appointments online. Allow approximately 30 minutes for your initial appointment. You will meet with one of our counselors to have your needs assessed and together determine if you’re appropriate for the counseling center’s scope of practice. If appropriate, students will be scheduled to complete an intake and start treatment with a counselor. If not appropriate for the center’s scope of care, the student will be referred to an outside community provider to best meet their needs. The counselor you meet with initially will follow up with you to make sure the referral was successful. Subsequent sessions will be 30 to 50 minutes in length. Students in crisis will be seen as quickly as possible.

Schedule Appointment

Occasionally we meet with students whose needs exceed what we can provide. These include students who require more time or more frequent sessions to meet their mental health needs, who want (or need) ongoing therapy, or who struggle to make progress on their goals for treatment. In addition, students who are unable to maintain their safety due to factors such as self-injury, active thoughts of suicide, or high risk substance use are beyond the scope of care of the Counseling Center. Counselors can assist these students in finding appropriate care within the local community whenever possible. Students are also referred to their health insurance provider and to find therapists in the area to meet their mental health needs.

Scope of Care Document

Mental Health Webinars for Spring Semester

Please visit any of our current webinar presentations covering a variety of topics regarding mental health.

When registering for webinar please use your Florida Southern College email. Alternative email addresses will be unable to register for webinars.


Cultivating a Healing Community:
Starting the Conversation

April 21

Event Start Time: 6:00 PM

Please Join the FSC CC in a group discussion about creating a community of healing. The conversation will focus on how we can overcome life events that have impacted our emotions, feelings of safety, and our relationships.

Groups will be capped at 10 students so please email us right away if interested. You can only attend a single session.

If you’re not able to attend either group session but you’re needing to talk to a counselor, please feel free to schedule an individual appointment with the counseling center.


The Practice of Being a Mindful Mocsie
Hosted by Diana Bandes, M.A., Doctoral Intern

As life becomes more demanding on our time, concentration, and focus we can tend to lose focus on the here and now. This program is designed to assist you in developing strategies and becoming more mindful. Individuals that’s practice mindfulness reports greater life satisfaction, lower mental health difficulties, and lower physical health challenges. Join us as we define mindfulness and explore ways to integrate it into our daily lives.

Every Monday at 3:00 PM


Making Time Work for Me
Hosted by Sandra Marra, LCSW

There is nothing more precious in life than the time that we have, but most of us find that our time manages us. This time management program will help you in the planning and exercising conscious control of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity. Using time effectively gives the person "choice" on spending or managing activities at your own time and expediency. Time management may be aided by a range of skills, tools, and techniques used to manage time when accomplishing specific tasks, projects, and goals complying with a due date.

Every Tuesday at 10:00 AM


Building and Maintaining a Healthy Relationship
Hosted by David Aranda, LCSW

Even the most successful relationships have conflict. It is not the presence of conflict but rather how it is managed that determines the health of an intimate relationship. This webinar will talk about functional verses dysfunctional patterns that predict success or failure in a relationship.

Every Tuesday at 2:00 PM


It Starts with the Self
Hosted by Kristin Weidman, MA, MS

Due to all the roles we have and their demands on our time we can tend to lose time for ourselves. This self-care based program will assist individuals in understand the importance of self-care, identifying and developing self-care strategies, and implementing self-care into their daily lives. Self-care can help you build resilience, manage stress, and prevents burnout. Self-care can help you recognize your emotional responses to stress, and develop coping skills to manage them.

Every Wednesday at 12:00 PM


Anxiety & Stress: What's the Difference?
Hosted by Ashtan Madsen, M.A., Doctoral Intern

This program is designed to assist you with anxiety and stress management. The program focuses on differentiating between stress and anxiety, developing effective coping skills to manage both, and providing additional resources for coping and preventing stress and anxiety.

Every Wednesday at 2:00 PM


Making the Best of Undesirable Choices
Hosted by Joshua Matthews, Psy.D.

With all the choices we have to make every day we can become overwhelmed or burnt outs on making decisions. This program can assist you in the process of making decisions more effectively. This program will highlight reasoning, processing information, using intuition, analyzing potential outcomes, and more.

Every Thursday at 11:00 AM

Emergency Resources

If you need immediate help for a serious issue, please call one of the following services.

National Suicide Hotline: 1.800.273.8255

Text For crisis intervention: Connect to 741741

Campus Safety: 863.680.4305

Additional Resources

Peace River Center:
Peace River Center Website

Suicide Prevention App:

Questions? Contact

Counseling Center


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